How Much Loss Does My Antenna Have ?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KA7NIQ, Oct 27, 2018.

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  1. KA7NIQ

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    I have one of these antennas installed at my QTH
    I lack the space for a full size 80 meter dipole antenna.
    I was told I would be better off with a G5RV because my current antenna has coaxial traps, and is a pair of 40 and 80 meter double bazooka's with traps
    Double Bazooka antennas have loss, and so do coaxial traps.
    My questions is, how much am I losing if I stay with this antenna, vs a G5RV, or an 80 meter dipole folded back on itself a bit ?
  2. G0JUR

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  3. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bob Heil uses double bazooks's, and he admits these antenna's have some loss, but so do antenna tuners.
  5. KD6RF

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  6. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The antenna I own is a strange design. I was unaware when I bought it that it has to be deployed as an inverted V. That makes me 3 db down on NVIS compared to a dipole. Plus, the inverted V deployment also offers less bandwidth than a Dipole. NVIS is about all I work on 40 and 80
  7. W5DXP

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    If you decide to go with a G5RV, make it a ZS6BKW instead which is an improved G5RV. In addition to performing well on 40m, 20m, 17m, and 12m, a couple of simple modifications will make it perform well on 80m and 10m.
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  8. KA7NIQ

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    Thanks Cecil, but all I want from a wire is 80 and 40, actually 75 and 40.
    I have a SteppIR Dipole at 50 feet for 20 up to 6
  9. WA7ARK

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  10. KA7NIQ

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    That was a good read !
    It looks like the worst case loss for a double bazooka type dipole is about 3/4 of a DB, and often less.
    So, if you take the 3/4 of a db, plus about 1/2 db of coaxial trap loss, that only about 1.25 db loss in my antenna, worst case.
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